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    Throwing A Spanner In The Wax

    | Atlanta, GA, USA | At The Checkout, Money, Uncategorized

    (A customer is trying to combine coupons on one purchase; this is not allowed. One is a coupon that allows her to buy expensive candles for half off and the other is a basic “free item with any purchase” coupon.)

    Me: “Oh, sorry ma’am, we’ll have to do this as two separate purchases. We’ll use your candle coupon first, then, if you just add another item you’ll qualify to use your second coupon and get your free item.”

    Customer: “But I was purchasing the candle to get the free item.”

    Me: “Yes, but you can’t use the coupon on the candle and then use a second coupon on the same purchase. But it’s okay, you can buy one of these cheap $1.00 items to qualify for the second coupon, I’ll just ring these items up separately.”

    Customer: “Or maybe I don’t buy anything at all!”

    (The customer swipes her cheap mailer coupon off the counter and walks away, leaving me holding her exclusive candle coupon.)

    Wheeling And Dealing With Reality

    | Alberta, Canada | At The Checkout, Money, Uncategorized

    (We sell pepperoni sticks for two for one dollar. A customer brings up a box which consists of 40 sticks.)

    Me: “That will be twenty dollars.”

    Customer: “What? Why?”

    Me: “Because they are two for one, and twenty is half of forty.”

    Customer: “Oh, I thought the whole box was only fifty cents. That would be an awesome deal.”

    Me: “Well, it’s still cheaper than most places.”

    Customer: “Yes, but the one in my mind was better!”

    Byte-eous Retribution

    | Hollister, CA, USA | Family & Kids, Uncategorized

    (A woman is buying a World War 2-based game for her child’s birthday.)

    Me: “Okay, so, I’ve heard good things about this one, but just so you know, it is rated Mature. That’s like an R rating.”

    Customer: “Oh, wait. Really? Why?”

    Me: “This one’s got some foul language, but it’s mostly the violence and blood, I’m sure.”

    Customer: “Violence? Like, killing people? He’s only turning 12.”

    Me: “Well, yeah. It’s WW2. So it’s a lot of Nazi killing.”

    Customer: “Oh, just Nazis? You can’t kill anyone else?”

    Me: “Not as far as I know.”

    Customer: “That’s fine, then. I’ll take it.”

    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 6

    | Orlando, FL, USA | Money, Uncategorized

    Customer: “Wait, that’s only supposed to be twenty dollars cheaper.”

    Me: “Yes sir, that’s after the mail-in rebate. You have to send in the paperwork and proof of purchase.”

    Customer: “Well why don’t you give me the discount now and send in the rebate yourself?”

    Me: “No, that’s not how this works. You are responsible for sending in the rebate yourself.”

    Customer: “You mean you’re making me responsible for my own money?”

    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 5
    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 4
    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 3
    This Is Why We’re In A Recession, Part 2
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    Seeing The Sun In A Whole New Light

    | Narvik, Norway | Geography, Math & Science, Tourists/Travel, Uncategorized

    (I work in a store, where a lot of tourists come through. A German motorcyclist couple are on their way up to the North Cape.)

    Customer: “Oh, your country is so beautiful! We’re going all the way up to the North Cape on our motorcycle.”

    Me: “Wow, how fun! Hope you get lucky with the weather then.”

    Customer: “Thank you dear. Yes, we have always wanted to see the midnight sun. We have saved up for this trip for years.”

    Me: “Well, then I really hope the weather gods are on your side. Would be a shame if it were all cloudy and grey when you get there.”

    Customer: “Oh, they say the midnight sun is so bright, it’ll shine through just about anything when it comes up! Can’t wait!”

    Me: “When it comes up? The sun is up all the time now.”

    Customer: “What? We’re here to see the midnight sun! You know, the one that shines at midnight?!”

    Me: “Ma’am, the midnight sun is the sun. The only sun. Only difference is that it’s so high here up north that it never sets. It just circles around a little. Therefore we can see it at night.”

    Customer: “What!” *she turns to her husband and rants in German* “Did you hear that? We’ve been ripped off! It’s the same sun as we have at home! And to think we came to this s*** expensive country, drove all the way, and it’s the same Sun!?”

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